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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

dactyl \dac"tyl\ (d[a^]k"t[i^]l), n. [L. dactylus, Gr. da`ktylos a finger, a dactyl. Cf. Digit.] 1. (Pros.) A poetical foot of three sylables (--- [crescent] [crescent]), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented; as, L. t["e]gm[i^]n[e^], E. mer[bprime]ciful; -- so called from the similarity of its arrangement to that of the joints of a finger. [Written also dactyle.] [1913 Webster] 2. (Zool.) (a) A finger or toe; a digit. (b) The claw or terminal joint of a leg of an insect or crustacean. [1913 Webster]